Does Daniel James signing signify a new transfer strategy?


After a season of upheaval at Manchester United, it is now time for the post-mortem and although the players will undoubtedly come in for criticism, it is fair to say the club’s boardroom staff are not out of the line of fire either. A scattergun transfer policy over the past couple of seasons has ultimately meant that square pegs are trying to be forced into round holes and new signings have been made with only short-termism in mind.

The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic have been the beacons of bad business at Old Trafford and with no real resale value, either, the hefty financial outlay for these two has left fans and pundits asking some serious questions. Just why has so much money been spent on players who are approaching the downward spiral of their careers and, more importantly, who was responsible for green-lighting such a poor set of decisions in terms of recruitment.

In fairness to the current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, these are two signings that were made before he came to the helm and if he has learned anything from his six months in charge, it’s a need to look to the future. That’s why Solskjaer is looking to implement a different kind of transfer strategy this summer and one that primarily that looks at the next generation of talent, with the first example of this being the signing of Swansea’s Daniel James.

The teenage Welsh international has made quite the impression at the Liberty Stadium and has attracted a number of Premier League scouts, while not to mention fellow Championship outfit Leeds United almost signed him back in January of this year. His departure is a major blow for the South Wales outfit, and after losing former manager Graham Potter to Brighton, their hopes of returning to the English top-flight will have somewhat diminished.

After relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season, Swansea only managed a mid-table finish last time around and as a result, there is not a great deal of confidence in them earning promotion next time around. A feeling that is reinforced when you look at the latest Championship betting, with Swansea only priced at 33/1 with bet365 and for that reason alone, it is no wonder why their young wing wizard is looking for a move up the league ladder.

The 21-year-old certainly has the talent to play at a higher level and this is the kind of capture that fits in perfectly with Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s new transfer ethos, with the hope being that he is not the only new arrival either.

Even though United finished sixth last season, there is no doubting that they still have an incredible pull when it comes to signing players and if they can use that for new additions with the next chapter in mind, then a promising future certainly lies ahead for the Red Devils.

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